Academy Bus Timetables & Travel Information

18 January 2016 re SCHOOL BUSES 546 and 660 We are aware that the school buses 546 and 660 are arriving late for school on too many occasions. The services are both affected by the closure of Devonshire Road bridge (near B&Q) and the ongoing works connected to Rail Works / Improvements which are expected to last until at least Easter. Although some distance from Poulton it basically means that there are only 2 main roads into Blackpool and Poulton and both become affected by cars finding alternative routes to their destination. In the circumstances the Local Authority and the Bus Company have agreed to start the buses from their setting off point 10 minutes sooner each morning until the road works cease and things can get back to normal. THIS WILL TAKE EFFECT FROM MONDAY 23rd JANUARY, 2017 If your child uses either of these services in the morning please ensure that they are aware of the earlier timings from Monday so that they do not miss the bus. Any inconvenience is regretted but hopefully this change will help to ensure that the bus services are arriving at school on time.

The up to date details of all of the school buses that come to Hodgson (operated through Lancashire County Council) can be found via the following link below.

A copy of that page updated and accurate as of 1st June 2017 is provided in the next link.

School bus timetables

Click on School Bus Services and then scroll down to find Hodgson (School Number 4010 – this number can be found in the top right hand corner of each page underneath the heading)

There are laybys, built to adjoin one of the academy’s fields, to provide off-road bus and coach parking for the pick-up and drop-off of students. Students then enter the school along two paths on the academy grounds rather than walking along Moorland Road, which can be congested at peak times.

Lancashire County Council has established a Safer Travel Unit, with facilities to promote various aspects of safer travel to and from schools. Information about this unit is distributed at the academy to students. Hodgson is fully supportive of this initiative.

Hodgson Academy, together with the Safer Travel Unit, is currently operating the following initiatives to help ensure safe travel:

  • A telephone hot line, which is listed within the Student Planner and Progress Record, for parents to discuss transport issues directly with the Safer Travel Unit
  •  Unit representatives talk to Year 7 students about how to travel safely on transport to and from the academy.
  • The academy and Safer Travel Unit train and appoint bus prefects who help students travel safely and sensibly on buses. The unit is working with bus companies and the training of drivers in how to deal with young people.
  • Some buses have CCTV cameras.
  • The academy and Safer Travel Unit both contact the parents of students who do not demonstrate acceptable behaviour on the buses.
  • The Safer Travel Unit has the authority to claim financial payment from parents where their sons or daughters have been found to have caused damage on transport property.

Travel Expenses

Some students are entitled to Travelling Expenses, which are awarded by Lancashire County Council subject to certain conditions. To view these to find out if your child is entitled, log on to www.lancashire.gov.uk or contact the Lancashire School Traveline on 0300 123 6738.

Train Timetables

Students living in Blackpool have the option of commuting on trains from Blackpool North, South or Layton into Poulton-le-Fylde Railway Station. Up-to-date times and fares can be found by viewing National Rail Enquiries at: http://nationalrail.co.uk/

Cycling

Students may cycle to the academy. Moorland Road and the adjoining major roads are busy and, therefore, potentially dangerous. It is strongly recommended, therefore, that all students who cycle wear the appropriate safety equipment, which should include a helmet.

Parents are asked to ensure that their child is a competent cyclist. Please also check the road worthiness of the bicycle before allowing your son or daughter to cycle to the academy.

There is a bike storage area on the academy premises. Responsibility for the safety of the bicycles or accessories cannot be accepted by the academy.

For obvious safety reasons, students must dismount their bicycles before entering the academy gates. No bicycles must be ridden on the academy premises, under any circumstances.

The academy will take appropriate action if students do not follow these simple guidelines. We would also ask students and parents to note that cycling is not allowed by law on the alleyway that leads from the academy grounds to Station Road.

Car

Hodgson is situated on a dangerous bend and double yellow ‘no waiting’ lines run the full length of the front of the academy.

We ask all motorists, therefore, to please not set down or pick up children near to the academy gates. This area is monitored by Parking Attendants who will issue appropriate penalty notices where it is necessary to do so.

We would also ask that motorists show appropriate consideration towards local residents when parking/waiting in their vehicle.

Parents/carers are also requested not to drive onto the academy premises to drop off or pick up students, unless permission has been granted when exceptional circumstances arise. The crescent is used as a pedestrian area at the start and end of the academy day and unnecessary traffic naturally increases the risk of accidents occurring.

We recognise that there is insufficient parking/waiting space and that this can be frustrating at times. However, our primary concern is that all users of Moorland Road are aware of its dangers and act safely and sensibly to minimise any risks.